Canada-BC Jobs Grant Announces New Round of Matching Funding

Canada BC Job Grant


$9.6 million in Canada-BC Job Grant funding is now available to help employers provide skills training to current or new employees. Employers can apply now for skills training funding with start dates between Oct. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016.


The Canada-B.C. Job Grant is a cost-sharing partnership between the federal and provincial governments as well as businesses.

Governments will provide two-thirds of the total training cost for an employee up to $10,000 per person to offset the cost of training, with the employer contributing one-third of the cost of training.  The funding can cover tuition and training fees, mandatory student fees, textbooks, software and other required training materials, and examination fees.

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Allocation of the total $9.6-million investment is as follows:

$5.6 million in funding is available to eligible employers and organizations under the Priority Sectors stream, which includes:

  • Small Business
  • Technology and Green Economy
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining and Energy
  • Agrifoods
  • Tourism
  • Transportation
  • Forestry
  • Natural Gas
  • Aboriginal Peoples and First Nations
  • In-Demand Organizations (i.e., non-profit health and social services)

$1 million is available to eligible employers and organizations to train individuals within the Under-represented Groups stream, which includes:

  • New Canadians
  • Aboriginal Peoples
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Youth (aged 15-24 years)
  • Women (in Trades and Natural Resource Sectors)

$2 million is available for eligible employers wishing to train and hire unemployed British Columbians under the Unemployed stream:

  • Up to $15,000 for eligible training, per participant
  • No employer contribution required

$1 million is available under the Refugee Fund:

  • To support eligible organizations acting on behalf of employers to prepare refugees for employment in their particular sector, match refugees to employers and jobs, and deliver job-specific skills training in partnership with employers.
  • The Refugee Fund supports two types of training:
    • Job readiness
    • Job-specific skills training